Chilliwack Community Services is pleased to announce it has received its fourth CARF international accreditation. CARF is the gold standard for non-profit operation, evaluating all areas of program service and delivery, governance, administration, financial management, community relations and human resources. Organizations go through a rigorous process of on site and document review which also includes interviews with clients, staff, leadership and board members. CARF stated “this achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons you serve. Your organization should take pride in achieving this high level of accreditation.” CCS went through the CARF process in the fall, of 2017. Diane Janzen, Executive Director, stated, “We are very pleased to have received CARF accreditation. This is a measure of the dedication of the board, staff and volunteers and our commitment to this great community of Chilliwack. It is also our promise to continually improve for the benefit of the more than 6,800 people that we serve every year.”
Chilliwack Community Services is pleased to announce that one of its key focus areas in 2018 will be youth homelessness. The Government of Canada, through the Homelessness Partnership Strategy (HPS), has provided support for $50,000 to address youth homelessness in Chilliwack. CCS, through its Connections Program, will be working to provide stable housing, links to education, securing income and providing trauma-based services to 15 youth who form part of the 50 young people under 19 in Chilliwack who are homeless. This initiative is a major partnership initiative with the Chilliwack School District and the Ministry of Children and Families.
This augments the work of Chilliwack Community Services in youth homelessness, including the operation of the Village, a facility that provides housing for youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and its youth services programs which includes life skills training, recreation, young parents’ programming, counselling and trauma-based services and youth support programs which help more than 300 youth a year.
Diane Janzen, Executive Director, stated: “We at Chilliwack Community Services are committed to eliminating youth homelessness and working to provide a pathway from poverty to positive and safe lives for youth in our community that includes safe housing, education and stable income. If we can address these issues now we will prevent homelessness in adulthood.”
This year is our second annual “I Care” Campaign in partnership with the Chilliwack Chiefs– we are recognizing the spirit and generosity of our great community. We are reaching out to you to seek your support for our programs and services. CCS provides support to children, families, youth, seniors and immigrants in Chilliwack. Our goal this year is to raise $50,000.
We know that every year you consider carefully who you would like to support. We also know it is very important your support is going to programs that benefit residents in our community, not to high administration fees. CCS allocates 92% of its resources to programs and services with only 8% going to administration costs. Your support makes it to those who need it.
Helping others is about real people making differences in the lives of those who truly need a helping hand. Alexx is someone who participated in and benefited from our Youth Services programming, “My life was not in a good place, there was no one to help me, and then I met Kate at CCS. She sat with me for hours helping me make my first resume and applying for jobs. I was really grateful to have Kate there because she helped me through it all. I’m overly excited to start my future because it’s being put in place. I know what I want and have an idea of how to achieve it. I am happy because I will still have the connections I have made with the people at CCS. It’s a weight taken off my shoulders to have these people in my life because there is somebody I can rely on and there is somebody I know who can help me as long as I am willing to help myself.”
Questions and comments are welcomed. Please contact our office today 604.792.4267
Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm Youth ages 9-12 Variety of Seasonal Activities, that include:
Skating Art Projects Baking Movie Nights & More! Respectful Behaviour a Must! This program is fully supervised. For More Details Contact Hailey Thomson, Activity Worker 604.702.8838, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Hamper Sign Up starts Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Christmas Central 46164 Yale Road Monday to Saturday 10am - 12pm and then 1pm - 3pm What to Bring?? You need to provide: Proof of income, Proof of residence in Chilliwack, Picture ID for applicants and Care Cards for every member of their household. Those wishing to receive a hamper must apply in person with all of the above documents before December 15th.
Have you heard of the Starfish Pack Program? If you haven't, listen up. There is a neat opportunity for you to give back to your neighbours and invest in building up our community.
Approximately 600 children in Chilliwack go to school hungry on Monday mornings. Currently most students in need are provided with breakfast, recess snacks and lunch each day at school. Unfortunately, the lack of access to food does not end when the weekend arrives, so the Starfish Backpack Program was created by the Abbotsford Rotary Club in response to that need.
Backpacks are sent home each Friday, full of food for children and their families for the weekend during the school year. The cost of filling each backpack is $525 per school year with 100% of the donations received going directly to the purchase of food for the backpacks.
This year Baker Newby LLP is matching dollar for dollar all local donations received up to a maximum of $80,000 received before the end of 2017. Donate today and help your local community in need. If you are looking for opportunity to volunteer with this program, please call our office today 604-792-4267. No child should go home hungry!
EDUCATION AND CAREER PLANNING 094
University of the Fraser Valley Upgrading and University Prep Course
Grade 12 level upgrading course focused on planning your education and career path
In this course you will evaluate, demonstrate and document personal skills transferable to the workplace and propose steps to develop or strengthen those skills, consider educational and labour market options and prepare your education and/or work search action plan. You will determine appropriate program and course selection to reach employment goals including entrance requirements, financial costs and resources needed.
- Certificate of completion provided
- Free preschool and infant/toddler care
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your past support of Chilliwack Community Services (CCS). Your generous contributions have made it possible to help many Chilliwack residents, in all different stages of life. This year we have named our campaign “I Care” in partnership with the Chilliwack Chiefs. We are reaching out to you to seek your support for our programs and services. CCS provides support to children, families, youth, seniors and immigrants in Chilliwack. Our goal this year is to raise $30,000.
We know that every year you consider carefully who you would like to support. We also know that it is very important that your support is going to programs that benefi t residents in our community, not to high administration fees. CCS allocates 92% of its resources to programs and services with only 8% going to administration costs. Your support makes it to those who need it.
Helping others is about real people making differences in the lives of those who truly need a helping hand. Danielle is a single Mom who participated in our Early Years, Better Beginnings Program. Danielle shared with us: “Chilliwack Community Services helped me in so many ways. I was unprepared for my daughter being born two months early. I was given 100% of the support I needed, from receiving clothes, diapers and a stroller to being provided the emotional support that my situation required. My baby and I are doing well with the ongoing support of Chilliwack Community Services.” We are so proud of Danielle and her accomplishments! We see so many success stories just like this every day.